Time to hand in my AAC homework

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  1. JayWoo

    JayWoo New Member

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    The objective of this adventure was to see how my AAC 'home work' has been going & to see what it's like to just stop down for liquid & maybe one short stop for real food. I was also going to leave the clock running, though pause it if I was stuck at traffic lights. Basically a dress rehearsal for the AAC you might say, as I've never done one.

    This was the route, with a double Don rd to pump up the Alt.

    1st real climb was Kinglake with something that was close if not a PB for me (21:30):) Cycle2max is busted @ the moment and it's not showing 'Personal Ranking' so I can't be sure. Water stop @ Kinglake Bakery.

    More water, Sports drink & some cookies @ Healesville with a 5min stop down then out to Don rd. The road was soggy up 1/2 the climb due to the heat, so I rode in the shaded sections or on the white lines. I really wasn't looking forward to doing it again, but once I had descended I felt better and turned it round for another. Another 'splash & go' before leaving Healesville.

    Myers creek rd was shaded but still warm & I was now feeling it. I seemed to get back on top of things on the climb between Melba Hwy & Kinglake. By Kinglake I was approaching hr 7. I wanted to be back within 1hr 40 so that the Polar didn't run out of memory;) More water & sports drink before leaving Kinglake. I felt the temp rise again on the descent from Kinglake and it stayed in the mid 30's all the way back to Clifton Hill.

    The numbers: 223km in 8hrs 32mins with 3835m gained.

    Now it's taper time me thinks.

    See all you AAC riders up there : )
     
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  2. jazmo

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    As far as homework goes, you've gone beyond the call of duty. You're not leaving yourself much room to better your time next year ;).

    Sounds like you simulated the hot conditions that can exists particularly when climbing Mt Buffalo.

    In my opinion, you get a golden star for your homework.

    All the best for the ride.
     
  3. flyingdutch

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    Checklist.
    Waterstops (where necessary)
    Mt Beauty
    Falls Creek Gatehouse (@ corner on left - toilets)
    or plenty of creekage on way up
    Falls Creek Village
    Mt Beauty
    Spring 2km from top of Tawonga Gap (i hate this hill!)
    Mandatory jump into Ovens River at Bright
    (and wonder why you cant breathe from the chill)
    Spring 2/3s(ish) up Buffalo and they 'usually' have a watertanker at
    (SOmething) Elbow(?) 3/4 of the way up.
    Fly home.
    Repeat Ovens River :D:D:D

    Enjoy. Hopefully it wont be too hot
     
  4. Unregistered

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    Very few AAC riders would break 8 hours on their first attempt JayWoo, but you should do that fairly easily if you can maintain this sort of form on Sunday week.

    If that's your aim, just keep your stop times to an absolute minimum - that's the key to recording a good time, and it's amazing how many minutes can evaporate in what seems like a brief rest and refuel at a checkpoint.

    A very impressive piece of homework indeed. Enjoy the event and best of luck.
     
  5. Walrus

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    That's a nice training ride. I'm aiming for sub 9 hours this year. I did the 130km route in November in under 6 hours with some unnecessary stops, and felt pretty good...so that bodes well.

    It's true that time can just evaporate when you stop. Last year was my first attempt and I ended up having 2 hours worth of stops! Probably 20 mins of this was waiting for a friend of mine, the rest was just being lazy and feeling sorry for myself.

    This year I will focus on using the descents to recover, instead of sitting on my ass!
     
  6. JayWoo

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    At my age, it's all down hill:rolleyes:
     
  7. JayWoo

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    Spose the 1st objective is to finish:rolleyes: I don't race bikes, but love to cane myself in the hills. Which is pretty much what this event is all about. Go out, give it ya best shot & enjoy!
    2nd objective is to try and squeeze in under 8hrs but really not that important. More like icing on the cake.
    With the big rides I've been doing this summer, it's shown me that it's a juggle between;

    Measuring your effort over the ride
    Keeping up the fluid & food
    When & how long to rest for (only really an issue if you want to get back before dark;))

    Get the mix right & you have a fun, fast, & relatively comfortable (where's the fun if ya not hurting!) day's adventure on the bike.
     
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    The fun is on the 'downy' bits :D:D:D

    I aint no climber but i am better than some (at least i was. 'head' is starting to come back round to the idea of pushing it again :rolleyes: )

    Going Down Tawonga is darned fun cos the cambers are all noice, and you can mostly take racing lines (dont try this at home folks :D) due to being able to see far(ish) ahead.
    Falls decent is mainly loooong, curves with a few smooth corners, but sometimes not friendly cambers.
    Buffalo decent is (IMHO) the one to be wary of (top half, anyway..)
    Bumpy in sections, cambers goin the wrong ways and open on the wrong sides.
    You can make up heaps o time on Falls decent, and just have plain darn fun goin down Tawonga (Mt Beauty side). Bright Side is straight/fast for 99%
     
  9. JayWoo

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    Yeah, Tawonga Mt Beaut side is my fav outa the descents I think. Though it's all over too soon, like most I spose:rolleyes: It can be hard to consentrate coz you've not only got a wicked rd, but great views as well.
    Last time I did Falls (ANZAC wkend this yr) the rd surface was really shitty. Lots of loose screenings with top layers gone in sections . I had to back right off. Didn't like it at all.
    Buffalo reminds me of Buller tight sections @ the top then fast left rights on the lower 1/2.
    I'm going to be up there this weekend & will ride Bright > Falls & back Saturday. Then Bright > Buffalo & back Sunday. This will give me a good clean go at all the descents hopfully:D
     
  10. Unregistered

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    Agree 100% - the easiest way to have a totally miserable day at the AAC is to get carried away on an early morning adrenalin rush going up Tawonga or bottom half of Falls too hard (in my case anything over about 80-85% of max)
    Agree 100% again. Eat before you're hungry, drink before you're thirsty
    My main learning in a decade of AACs is that resting at checkpoints (or anywhere else) doesn't make the next section any physically easier at all and can even make it harder (engine starts to shut down and protests about starting up again). Different issue if you just want to have a chat with friends and enjoy soaking in the atmosphere, but in pure riding terms you're best turning around quickly and recovering/eating/drinking on the descents & flat sections.
    No chance of it NOT hurting up Buffalo at least, however you tackle things on the day!
     
  11. Walrus

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    I'm not an expert on such things, but that sounds like a big ride 1 week out of the race itself? Will you ride during the week at all?
     
  12. JayWoo

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    It'll be two rides. I may put a rest day in between (sunday) as I might be playing 'water boy' for a friend of mine @ the Mt Beauty MTB XC Nats. After these 2 rides, it'll be 'recovery' style rides for the rest of the week. Well, that's the plan...
     
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